Not all fitness trackers have to hit the $100 mark to be considered good, nor do they need to have overly complicated apps and a lot of features. The best example of a pricey product gone bad is the Charge HR which was inaccurate, and technically flawed, but still hit 100 dollars.
Today, however, we’re presenting a very simple and very affordable product that easily blows Charge out of the water. We’re talking, of course, about Fitbit Zip, a neat little fitness tracker with almost all the best features Fitbit Ultra can offer, but at a great price.
The FitBit Zip – A Miniature “Ultra”
And yes, you did read that right. Zip is actually a “downgraded” Ultra. Or, rather, we should say that the Zip is actually a simplified Ultra. Ultra is the ultimate in Fitbit tracking technology, being incredibly smart, amazingly accurate and having an almost infinite potential for data analysis, thanks to the fact it can go online. However, there is one thing that deters people from buying it – price.
Ultra carries a very hefty price tag of almost 200 dollars, making it even more expensive than, say Blaze or Surge or Charge 2. Seeing how much did people like the Ultra, but couldn’t afford it, Fitbit decided to be merciful and create a tracker based on the Ultra, but much cheaper, but with fewer features. That product was Fitbit Zip.
So, what can Zip do? Well, for starters, it can count your steps, as any tracker can do. However, using Ultra’s very own sensor, Zip is incredibly accurate. Naturally, you shouldn’t expect the product to be infallible, but it’s extremely accurate none the less, with an error margin being very narrow, and, better yet constant.
Having a constant error margin at least allows you to calculate the true value yourself. Naturally, Zip can also determine your calorie loss, a number it deduces from the number of steps you take each day. Along with counting your steps, Zip also displays the distance you’ve travelled.
What the product doesn’t have is a heart rate monitor. This is a function reserved for the true Ultra, so, if you really require this function, you’ll have to look somewhere else.
The Fitbit Zip Screen
Another good interesting thing about little Zip is that it has a touchscreen. That wouldn’t be that surprising, had the Zip not had the same-looking display as a Tamagotchi. Even so, Zip features a touchscreen that allows you to shuffle through different screens and view different data. The product features indicators of who well you did in each category in the shape of smiley or frowny faces. Altering between the screens is simple enough, but Zip seems to struggle a little bit with responsiveness which is only worsened by the fact that the screen is so small.
But, in all honesty, you don’t even have to look on the screen if you want to read your data. Zip can connect to your phone or computer with ease because it features the Bluetooth 4.0 technology you would find on more advanced products. The connection created is extremely stable, and allows Zip to connect to devices like the iPhone 5.
It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, as well as Windows devices. The tracker supports third-party apps, and not just apps developed by Fitbit, Android, Windows or Apple. This allows Zip to be much more versatile and allows you to extract a greater deal of data from it. Also thanks to Bluetooth 4.0, the tracker doesn’t pester you with manual connecting but connects and updates automatically whenever it happens to be in the range of a device it paired up previously.
Fitbit Zip also features a food database, but this feature is quite disappointing. The database can only keep track of the food appearing in the US, so everybody outside the US can’t use this feature to its full effect. You can introduce dishes one by one, manually, but that’s a bit tedious and, quite honestly, not worth your effort.
Lastly, let’s say something about the product’s battery and price. Zip doesn’t have a rechargeable battery. Instead, it has one 3V coin battery that can last up to three months. This is quite a nice little surprise, as having to constantly recharge the device gets old very quickly. With Zip, you can place one battery in it and forget about it for the next three months.
The Fitbit Zip Price
When it comes to price, the product’s very affordable. In fact, this is one of the most affordable Fitbit trackers, and trackers in general, that provide a good amount of features and is very accurate. Zip costs about 60 dollars, which is a great price considering what’s offered. It costs almost one quarter the amount you would pay for an Ultra, and half the price you would pay for a tracker such as Fitbit Blaze or Charge 2.
In essence, what you’re getting is incredible value for the money.
Fitbit Zip Review – Conclusion
All in all, Fitbit Zip is one of the best trackers Fitbit produced. Why? Well, not only does it use the same software as the famed Ultra, but, as we said, it will cost you only a fraction of the cost. it is very accurate and can connect to a wide variety of devices, using any app you can think of.
It certainly has some downsides, like the disappointing food tracking feature and the absence of a heart rate monitor, but it’s impossible to hold these things against Zip.
Ultimately, Fitbit Zip is a product with incredible value for the money, and, if you’re in search of something cheap that works, then your best bet is this little Tamagotchi-looking fitness tracker.